Seeing double

Katie Paysinger

Review staff writer

Siblings provide endless hours of nagging, bickering, screaming and loathing. A brother or sister can also be a life-long companion and best friend. But when you’re a twin, the experience of having a sibling is magnified every step of the way. 

Junior Brenna Krajecki’s twin goes to school in her home state of Colorado. Both are athletic training majors and they share a lot of similarities. Like most twins, being physically close isn’t always a priority.

“We are so close,” Krajecki said. “We don’t really need to be together to still have that strong bond.”

Juniors Alex and Jennifer Maxson never switched places.

“We never got to have any of that fun,” Alex said. “(Jennifer) was too chicken.”

When Jennifer and Alex were deciding which college to attend, they kept it a secret from each other.

“If it was the same, we would deal with it,” Alex said. “If it wasn’t the same, we would deal with it. Obviously, it ended up being the same.”

Deciding living situations was difficult for the two.

“We figured out we can only be roommates if we don’t have to share a room,” Jennifer said.

The sisters were roommates freshman year and plan to live in an apartment with two other friends next year, each with her own room, of course.

When Jennifer went abroad to Austria this fall, it was the first time the twins had been apart. A countdown was created for when Alex would come to visit.

“It really showed us that we could survive on our own,” Jennifer said. “But there was definitely some twin withdrawal.”

Juniors Juan and Victor Campos are identical twins at Linfield who tend to finish each other’s sentences, think alike and share the same interests. Yet, they each have their own idiosyncrasies.

“He has different tastes in women,” Victor said. “And he’s grumpier.”

Juan knows better than to argue.

“I guess that’s right,” he said. “But I’m bigger.”

The difference in height provides a clue to telling this pair apart.

Originally from McMinnville, the Campos brothers wanted to stay local for college. In grade school, the duo caused a lot of trouble together, so they were separated for most of their early education. However, they have had every class together at Linfield.

“It is a lot cheaper because we can just share textbooks,” Victor said.

Juan and Victor hadn’t planned on living on campus when they made the decision to come to Linfield, but a turn of events resulted in them staying in Latourette Hall freshman year.

“We were convinced to move to campus late freshman year,” Juan said. “But we ended up getting a really nice corner room.”

The two have since moved off campus and live with their other roommates, their parents, in town.

Sophomores Josh and Jeremy Lovell will experience being apart for the first time next year when they will live in apartments. The duo tends to think of the same songs at the same time and play the same sports. They have lived together every year at Linfield.

“Living together actually made everything easier,” Josh said. “We didn’t have to buy two of everything.”

Jeremy has no problem with the separation next year when Josh will be living in the Legacy Apartments.

“I will probably be in his room all the time next year,” Jeremy said.

 Jeremy has never had any problems being a twin.

“You just always have a friend,” he said. “I’m never alone.”

However prominent these twins may be on campus with their track and field accomplishments, some people still don’t know each has a twin.

“Most people don’t even realize I’m a twin until I say something,” Jeremy said. “It’s pretty funny when people get us confused.”

Freshman Sierra Stopper is also a twin, but her sister, Salena, goes to Concordia University in Portland.

“It was strange at first to be apart and not be in the same classes,” Stopper said. “But it has gotten easier in some ways. The distance definitely makes me appreciate her more.”

The Stopper sisters have a very unique story about their birth, at least their parents do.

Their parents opted out of having ultrasounds during the pregnancy, preferring the gender to be a surprise. They ended up getting more than they bargained for. After Sierra was born, the doctor informed the new parents that there was another child on the way.

Stopper is a fraternal twin, which means she and her sister don’t look identical. Just like with any siblings, times can be tough.

“It can be challenging to share,” Stopper said. “But it is so much fun at the same time.” 

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